State of Ohio v. M.C.: Columbus Charge of Violating Protection Order – Case Dismissed

Our client, a 45-year-old Ohio man, was criminally charged with violating a protective “stay away” order issued by the Franklin County, Ohio Domestic Relations Court nearly two years before.  The Columbus police charged that our client forced his way into the protected woman’s car and threatened to steal it.

Violation of a Protection “stay away” Order is a first degree misdemeanor in Ohio.  It carries a potential sentence of up to 180 days in jail.

The Columbus police filed the criminal case, and issued a warrant for his arrest more than 2 years before our client’s arrest, but the prosecution could not prove they had diligently attempted to serve the warrant during that 2 year period – which is required by Ohio law.  Columbus attorney Todd Long filed a motion to dismiss based on expiration of the 2-year statute of limitations for prosecuting misdemeanor cases.  The Court granted the motion and dismissed the case.

If you are charged with Violating a Protection Order, or any other criminal case in Columbus or central Ohio, please call one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys at 614-454-5010 for a free initial consultation.  Let our attorneys show you how to best defend your case.

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